Exposing ‘organized’ violence

J&K or any other part, it must end

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SAJAD BAZAZ

High security alerts are not new to Kashmir. However, these alerts are sounded especially on the occasions like Republic Day or Independence Day. It’s not that only men in uniform are found dotting streets, roads, human savings institutes, educational institutes and even residential houses, but cyber space too is blocked. So, it was not a surprise to experience choking of life throughout the valley to ensure a peaceful Republic Day celebrations. Unlike other parts in the country, Republic Day celebration mostly remains confined to the government machinery and people are forced to remain indoors for most of the time during the day.
All of us know that the Republic Day is one of India’s most important national events. The patriotic fervor of the people on this day brings the whole country together.
This day used to be such fun for many people here that they used to plan a trip to Delhi well in advance to be part of its celebrations. Special financial planning used to be done and whole year people used to save money for the trip to Delhi. Like others it was also one of my obsessions to watch the Republic Day celebrations, especially parade in Delhi. The most attractions of mine were the armed forces, the march past, and the tanks that rumbled by, pointing their gun turrets to the saluting prime minister etc. People would always love to see the jets to do their final fly-past spewing out the Indian tri colours. My dream got fulfilled when I along with my classmates got an opportunity in 1986 to see the Republic Day parade and that too from a vantage point just opposite to the location where the prime minister was taking salute. 
Back home people, especially youth, used to beat the chill and rush to the Bakshi stadium to join the celebrations. But, as all of us know, for the past two decades, the celebrations have lost sheen and have remained confined to government machinery. Reasons for this are well known.
In the existing system, a few big questions arise. Is today’s Republic Day celebration about existence of the country as a whole despite all the divisive forces?  Has complete political failure, the corruption, the poverty, the inequality, the lack of a working justice system, a corrupt police, military and paramilitary forces, greed of the corporate system engulfed our country? And, is this really a miracle for us survive in such ordeal?
What I observe is that the people on the whole seem to have lost the passion for patriotism. Our democratic set-up is being diluted and moulded more for the survival of politicians and not the people. Emergence of terror-related incidents in the country with a difference where targeting of minorities has become order of the day, has been a shameful blot. The union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde revealing that right-wing Hindu groups were promoting terrorism has exposed the dangers which the country is facing in future.
The unveiled terror has left the Indian citizens in constant fear. It is not a matter of giving compensation to the victims or finding jobs, rebuilding schools or houses after every act of violence. What matters is to quell the fear that rises out of this organized violence.
Of course, the word like ‘democracy’ is innocent. But not the way it’s used on ground has robbed ‘democracy’ of its moral legitimacy. There are a few points to ponder. Let the drivers of our political system judge themselves, where they stand and how they are driving the country today? Aren’t they trying to prove to the world that we are a failed nation where democracy has limits and religious intolerance a tool in their hands to rule? Whether it is Jammu & Kashmir or any other part of India, the organized violent acts should end now. Otherwise we have to put our heads down in shame.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 28 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 28 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 29 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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